Being a woman is complicated! So many messages – old and new – from media, society, parents, even those messages we carry at a cellular level from earlier generations are always swirling around us. We are unconsciously receiving thousands of these messages daily, often hearing many of them as truths or at least, guidelines for appropriate ways of being in this world.
As the new year approaches, spend some time journaling about what defines you and why. It might be time to let go of some old definitions that no longer serve you, or that may even keep you from growing into your fullest potential. Letting go of old roles or titles that we have defined us for a time can be scary – I mean, who am I without this role? This title? This job? This relationship?
Take your time! You don’t have to evolve New Year’s Eve! Just becoming aware of these definitions for what they are will make your more receptive to what is out there waiting for you! Revisit your journal regularly, as things shift, you can nudge a little further.
Entering in to this new year with a willingness to be free of those limitations can open up a new world of possibilities. Do you want to redefine certain roles in your life? do you want to explore new ones? Or do you want to completely reinvent yourself?
There is a lovely tradition on New Year’s Eve in a small town in Germany where every comes outside close to midnight, and stands on the sidewalk with their neighbors, and step off the sidewalk and into the street at the last stroke of midnight. It represents new hope, new beginnings, new paths. Step off the safely of old roles and step in to your potential. Your fullest potential is just waiting for you!